COVID-19 Information & Resources
TALKING SMART - COVID-19 Information - Podcast
- Visualizing Speech-Generated Oral Fluid Droplets with Laser Light Scattering - Click to Access
- En Español: Recomendaciones del CPWR sobre el COVID-19 - Click to Access
- Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) When Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 - Click to View
- Guidance for Employers: COVID-19 and the Workplace - Click to Access
- Guidelines to Protect Worker Health Related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Click to View
- Sheet Metal Industry Funds Guidance on COVID-19 - Click to View
- Cleaning of Tools to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19 - Click to View
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Whole-of-Government Response - Click to View
- Coronavirus.gov - Click to Access
- SMART COVID-19 Resources for Union Members - Click to Access
- 6 Ways the Coronavirus Outbreak will Affect Construction - Click to Access
- Osterholm interview CBS News This Morning - Click to View
- Osterholm interview KARE 11- Click to View
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) - Government of Canada - Click to Access
- Keeping the workplace safe. Encourage your employees to - Click to Access
- Wellness Resources for all SMART Members - Click to View
COVID-19 Eblast Communications
2-JUN |New Information from the CDC on COVID-19 Transmission
26-May | June is National Safety Month
20-May | SAFER Guidelines from the National Safety Council
5-May | Online Learning Courses Available at No Charge: In these times of social distance, our new Learning System "SMOHIT Learn" is the ideal tool to use to keep your knowledge fresh and help you improve health and safety in the trade.
30-Apr | Milwaukee Tool Recommended Cleaning Protocols
29-Apr | NABTU and CPWR Announce: National Disease Control Standard for U.S. Construction Sites
28-Apr | Today is Workers Memorial Day
23-Apr | National Safety Stand-Down Postponed Due to COVID-19
21-Apr | Free COVID-19 Webinar Wednesday
16-Apr | Updated COVID-19 Guidance from CPWR in English and Spanish
14-Apr | Mental Health Wellness Tips for Quarantine
09-Apr | Cloth Masks and Respirator Uses
07-Apr | Resources for Essential Workers and Employers
01-Apr | Carpooling, Lunch/breaks COVID-19 Guidelines
31-Mar | COVID-19 Tips Available in ASL
27-Mar | COVID-19 SMART Members Guidance
24-Mar | CPWR Guidance on COVID-19
17-Mar | COVID-19 Guidance as of 3/15/2020
11-Mar | COVID-19 Webinar Recording and Follow Up
10-Mar | Washington State Coronavirus Best Practices
09-Mar | Webinar - COVID-19 Update from CDC & NSC
02-Mar | Coronavirus Update from the AFL-CIO
25-Feb | 2020 Coronavirus Disease Situation Report
31-Jan | WHO Declares Coronavirus Outbreak A Global Health Emergency
29-Jan | What We Know About the Coronavirus Outbreak So Far
COVID-19 Update for Unions
In the last couple of days we’ve seen a major escalation in the actions state and local governments are taking to slow down the spread of the virus. Many states closing schools, shutting down bars and restaurants and banning gatherings of crowds/multiple numbers of people. San Francisco announced a three week lock down of people in six counties prohibiting individuals from leaving their homes except for essential activities. Today the White House announced guidelines to limit interactions and exposures to other people, limiting gatherings to not more than 10 people, recommending that older individuals and those with underlying health problems remain at home and other measures. The guidelines are for the next 15 days but may be renewed.
In addition, there was a shift in the government’s position/statements today about how the virus is spread. At today’s White House briefing, Dr. Deborah Birx stated affirmatively that there was transmission of the virus before individuals exhibited symptoms, raising great concern that the virus is spreading before people feel sick. Unions are reporting that are problems with PPE being available to healthcare workers, and states report that they are having difficulty getting timely access to respirator supplies from the national stockpile and manufacturers.
CDC/Government Actions, Advisories and Guidance
Coronavirus Guidelines for America
The White House Issued on: March 16, 2020
This afternoon, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak.
Download Coronavirus Guidelines for America https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
March 16, 2020
Dr. Deborah Birx: “The reason we’re taking these strong and bold steps is because we know there is virus spread before you develop symptoms, and then we know that there’s a large group — we don’t know the precise percent yet — that actually is asymptomatic or has such mild cases that they continue to spread the virus. If your children are sick, please keep them home.”
CDC - Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready: Interim Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) March 15
Guidelines recommending no public events of 50 or more people for the next 8 weeks. For the next few weeks these guidelines have been superseded by the guidelines issued by the White House today, which recommend limiting any gatherings to no more than 10 people.
Transmission – Infected people without symptoms might be driving the spread of coronavirus more than we realized
CNN Updated March 16
Coronavirus Is Hiding in Plain Sight
For every known case of coronavirus, another five to 10 cases are out there undetected, a new study suggests.
NY Times March 16, 2020
COMMENTARY: COVID-19 transmission messages should hinge on science
Mar 16, 2020 CIDRAP News & Perspective
Good article about the science on transmission of COVID-19 and the need to protect healthcare workers.
Wired March 14: They Say Coronavirus Isn't Airborne—but It's Definitely Borne By Air
The word “airborne” means different things to different scientists, and that confusion needs to be addressed.
Excellent article in layperson's language on the issue/confusion on airborne transmission. It includes a discussion of the recent studies and calls out the CDC for rolling back HCW infection control guidelines. Definitely worth sharing.
Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.
Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.
Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.
This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses.
This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.